How to Explain What Words Mean

This week, instead of just pointing you toward my Amazon Affiliate links  (USUKCanada), I’m highlighting the book Brewster Rockit Space Guy: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind. (US, UK, Canada) It’s always amusing, often hilarious and uniformly science-fictiony. Tim Rickard manages to come up with jokes that never occurred to me about characters and situations that I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time thinking about.

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Reader Comments (32)

This comic was totally awesome.

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermike

Hahaha, wow. Favorite one in awhile.

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerodast

I just want to point out that comment moderation seems a tad unpatriotic. For your information, the supreme court has roundly rejected prior restraint.

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdudekazoo

@dudekazoo: I just want to point out that lack of comment moderation would turn this area into a spam free for all. There would be ten thousand penis enlargement ads for each worthwhile comment. Then the comment section would by necessity be turned off. If Scott is refusing to approve messages from you that wouldn't be irritating to the world, then that's different. But I doubt that's what is happening.

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStarFleetCaptain

Amazing stuff. Never fails to make me laugh out loud!

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackFTW

my head is full of english right now.

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Brilliant

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Scott Meyer is barely my favorite cartoonist.

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChaon

Hey Scott,

You affiliate link for the UK doesn't seem to be right?

Note from Scott: Which one? The one directly to the Brewster Rockit book, or the general one before that?

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG LAzelle

dudekazoo, you have failed to understand the difference between limiting free speech and limiting what someone allows you to do with their website. The behavior of the website or the moderation of it cannot possibly infringe on your right to speak either publicly or on your own soapbox. Further, the *government* is prohibited from limiting your speech, but individuals can tell you to shut up all they like! (Read the First Amendment.)

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTelanis

Ditto to Jerodast, this is practically the best thing I've read all week!

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

I "LOL"ed, but not literally.

...see what I did there? ;D

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I just want to point out that without comment moderation the spam-bots and other auto-posters would flood the board. I'm glad you're patriotic and all dude, but try barely educating yourself on computers next time before you post. Otherwise to those of us who are computer saavy you come across like Ben Stiller in Zoolander.

In case you haven't seen the movie, he plays an airheaded male model and when faced with a computer he reacts by beating it to pieces with a club while shrieking and jumping up and down like a chimp.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCrystalis

This comic is the closest we get to Seinfeld in the new millennium, barring actually watching the DVDs of course.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSantiago

That one was amazing! I'm going to show it to my family.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

"Practically" means... look, I think the counter of "barely" is "nearly". As in "nearly legal", which I commend you for staying away from. Until now, if this is published.

Barely acceptable is acceptable, but could be better. In related news, the British government and its school inspection quango, which is named OFSTED, got pretty upset recently that far too many schools are "satisfactory". They have therefore decided to stop saying that a school is satisfactory, which I find... barely acceptable.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Did you just tap into your inner Yogi Berra there?

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEricL

I believe that dictionaries only tell you how words are used. Meaning is couched in usage (even without a couch).

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Guys, don't feed the trolls. ;)

This is one your best comics yet, Scott. :)

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersouthern belle

In my employee training, they explained that quality control was limiting divergence from the spec, allowing them to produce more product meeting the minimum labeled content with the least active ingredients used. Barely acceptable will get you a bonus.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAvery Greynold

I practically laughed my ass off.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill

@dudekazoo: Scott owns the website, Scott does what he wants with the website. Is not unpatriotic at all.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAliastheBlur

ok. this is awesome. and it cheered me up. :) i'm gonna bookmark this for my friends

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergeli

My first comment up there was a test. You all get an F- for F-ailing to see the Big Lebowski quote.

If someone is talking politics in a webcomic comment area maybe your first instinct should be to wonder if they're joking.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdudekazoo

I can't tell - did Mullet Boss actually win that argument?

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen

I think the dictionary tells you how words were used when the dictionary was printed/last updated.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterACF

I absolutely agree with the poster who takes Scott to task for infringing his right to talk about US politics in the comments section. How much better it would be if the gun/Obamacare/Mac V PC etc debates were rehashed endlessly here. After all, where else could you go to post...er..comments about those things? I also note a totally gratuitous lack of USA flags. Clearly the man needs a few pledges of allegiance.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErbuline

Uhm, I had an itch when reading this. It is hilarious, surely, but:
''I don't think you're understanding what I'm telling you.'', sounds better when it's ''I don't think you understand what I'm tellong you.''
The -ings are -ing with my reading.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersecondly

@Santiago "This comic is the closest we get to Seinfeld in the new millennium, barring actually watching the DVDs of course."

You fucking take that back.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Practically every BI comic is amazing. But this is almost perfect!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAri

Scott, your fans are nerds. But I don't suppose there are very many other groups who can appreciate such a perfect joke about semantics. It was hilarious.

August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Way to hit at the word police without them actually realizing it! (The "I think you meant envy, not jealousy," people.) You even roped another one in the comments!
Perfection :)

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjust a note

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